Mobile Gamer Guys roll into your party

Alison Stewart
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January 23, 2009
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Pono, Noa, Zavier and Zach in the bus. Photos by Alison Stewart

Last weekend I had the pleasure of checking out the Mobile Gamer Guys’ (MGG) buses they had set up at the Great Hawaiian Dodgeball Challenge. How fun - playing your favorite video games in a cool, air-conditioned bus while you’re at a party or gathering with your friends and family!

This whole concept was the brainchild of Kalani Miller, Chris Gongora, Shawn Haruno and Caesar Paet (not pictured).

The guys have equipped the inside of each bus with eight Xbox 360 stations (with wall-mounted 19-inch TVs), and on the outside is a 42-inch TV with a Nintendo Wii (with an option to watch your favorite pro game on ESPN). At your party, all the games and hardware are provided, including favorites Halo 3, Call of Duty 5: World At War or Guitar Hero, or classics such as Pac-Man.There’salways an MGG guy around to run and monitor your games so you don’t have to worry if you don’t know what you’re doing.


So far there are two buses here on Oahu, and when you book them together you can play one bus against the other (up to eight against eight players) - perfect for game tournaments. I thought the buses would have been connected to each other wirelessly, but there’s a CAT-5 cable hooking them together to create the local area network (LAN). Each bus is self-contained with electricity (via generators) and air-conditioning. No worries, it won’t use up your power, but if you’re far away (25-plus miles away from 96817), you’ll pay a small fuel surcharge.

Kalani Miller, Shawn Haruno and Chris Gongora. Photos by Alison Stewart

According to Miller, MGG is planning to expand in the near future with two buses on both Maui and in Kona, and to purchase more buses for Oahu. In addition, MGG is gearing up to add more features such as Internet service (Wi-Fi hotspot), expanded TV service, gift bags and even catering. So far MGG does-n’t have PlayStation 3 capability, but perhaps in the future, guys (hint, hint) ...

Prices vary depending on the day of the week, how many hours you need it and the number of buses you use. As long as you have space for the bus(es) to park, you can turn just about any party into a video game arcade. Visit www.mobilegamerguys.com for more information and to view the calendar for available dates, or call 692-2729.

 

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